How to make French mayonnaise

The real origins of mayonnaise are still blur. As a French person I will only say that mayonnaise is part of my (gastronomic) culture and I couldn’t live without it. So if you ever wondered what French mayonnaise tastes like… here is your answer.

If you follow these steps correctly you will never spoil a mayonnaise again. I promise! Oh and in this particular case it has to be in an old-school style, so keep your hand blender in your kitchen drawer, you will only need one bowl and one fork.

Positive: I love the creamy and smoothy consistency, plus the light mustard taste (without it I don’t call it mayonnaise)

Negative: There’s absolutely nothing wrong about mayonnaise. :)


  • 1 egg yolk

In your pantry:

  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • sunflower oil
  • salt, pepper


In a small bowl, combine egg yolk, mustard and season with salt and fresh black pepper.

Here is the important step: add slowly about a spoon of oil and whisk well with a fork to create the emulsion. As soon as you combined these ingredients you can start to add more oil very slowly while whisking with the fork. Stop pouring oil from time to time to whisk well.

You can make a small bowl of mayonnaise this way but you can stop adding oil as soon as you like the taste and consistency.

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french mayonnaise recipe

My advice: Ok, you can also use a hand blender if you feel lazy. I like to add a bit of marjoram or origan, but you can also add parsley or chives, garlic powder or chili flakes for a different twist.

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